Platinum Warrior shines as he takes Gallinule glory

Michael Halford-trained runner lifts Group Three prize

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Platinum Warrior boosted the Derby claims of Hazapour when running out a clear-cut winner of the Airlie Stud Gallinule Stakes at the Curragh.

Only fourth behind Dermot Weld’s Epsom hope in the Derrinstown Derby Trial, he landed this Group Three with the minimum of fuss.

Michael Halford’s Galileo colt could be called the winner some way out and the 7-2 chance beat Latrobe by two and a quarter lengths with Harvestfortheworld third.

Shane Foley was on board, 24 hours on from winning the 2,000 Guineas on Romanised.

Halford said: “You’d be delighted with that horse. He’s a Galileo and we don’t get too many Galileos.

“He’s a horse with a big engine and always has had, and he loves that ground. He got a bit lonely there in front and wandered, he’s done it in the past.

“I’d say the better the race, the better he’ll be. Shane said he got a bit unbalanced down the hill. He got there quick then.

“I think there is more to come from him and we’ll aim him at the Irish Derby now. I’d say he’ll step up to a mile and a half no bother.

“You’d have to like the way he goes about things, he keeps improving.

“He goes on that fast ground. He’s out of a Clodovil mare so he’ll maybe handle an ease too, but he’s such a light-actioned horse.

“He ran a blinder the last day, it was his first time up to a mile and a quarter. He’s just coming to himself.

“Our horses were slow to come to themselves over the winter and we had to be patient. The weather was bad, the ground was bad and I wasn’t pushing them.

“It was all about picking up from here on. He’s one of those types that’s getting better with racing.”

Platinum Warrior shines as he takes Gallinule glory
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